Wits sexual harassment report welcomed

Adam Habib says the report proves issues around sexual harassment remain a challenge.

Wits University. Picture: joburg.org.za

JOHANNESBURG - University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib on Wednesday welcomed a report into sexual harassment cases on campus, saying the institution takes full responsibility.

Wits University has investigated a string of such incidents in recent months which has seen at least two staffers sacked.

Habib said the report proves that issues around on-campus sexual harassment remains a challenge for the institution and needs to be addressed.

"Clearly the report highlights the inadequacy of our systems around dealing with allegations and rumours and it highlights our failure to support those that have been the victims of predatory sexual behaviour."

The university commissioned an independent inquiry after an increase in the number of reports of harassment by lecturers.

Wits is currently dealing with three more cases of sexual harassment itself while a fourth is being dealt with at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Last week, Habib apologised to all students and staff members who have been affected by acts of sexual harassment on campus.